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Upcoming Events In-Person

Group photo of sesshin participants

June 1-8, 2024 (Hybrid)

7-Day Sesshin

Sesshins (Zen meditation retreats held in silence and seclusion) are offered about once a month at the Rochester Zen Center. They vary in length from two to seven days.

What to Know Before Applying to Sesshin
Sesshins are rigorous, demanding a great deal of the sitter….

Photo of Zen cushions and bells

Saturday June 15 (In-person)

Saturday Dokusan (John-sensei)

Dokusan is a one-to-one teaching encounter in private given at this center by a fully authorized Zen teacher — either Sensei John Pulleyn or Sensei Dhara Kowal. It is open to those who have become members of the Center. Dokusan is geared to matters of practice in the narrow sense of the word (e.g., zazen), but…

Sunday June 16 (In-person)

Youth Sunday

The Rochester Zen Center Youth and Family Program (affectionately called ‘Zen Kids’) meets on select Sundays from 8:30-10:30 am. We welcome children of all ages to our Youth Sundays, and families are invited to stay for our community brunch afterwards. Since we anticipate a wide range of ages, please RSVP Chris Maley (cmaley2@gmail.com) by Thursday evening…

Buddha figure on an altar

Sunday June 16 (Hybrid)

Teisho (Dhara-sensei)

Teisho, (pronounced “TAY-show”), is a formal (though largely extemporaneous) commentary given at Rochester Zen Center by either Sensei Dhara Kowal or Sensei John Pulleyn while facing the altar. In sesshin it is usually on a koan or other Zen text, whereas outside sesshin it may be on a non-Zen article or book. A teisho is…

Sunday June 16 (Hybrid)

Sangha Meeting

Friends, our next Sangha meeting (hybrid) will be on June 16. Come in-person after the Sunday morning sitting at Arnold Park or use the usual meeting codes to attend on Zoom. One day, Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about things for a while, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed: “Lord, I’ve been thinking –…

Photo of hands planting a seedling

Sunday June 23 (Hybrid)

Uprooting Racism

You’re invited to join this hour-long, hybrid meeting of Uprooting Racism. We begin at 11:15 am (Eastern) in the Garden Conference Room at Arnold Park and on Zoom . The mission of Uprooting Racism is to gain personal insight into racism in order to abandon it on an individual level, dismantle it on an institutional…

Stone Buddha sculpture

Saturday June 29 (Hybrid)

Zen 101

At our Introduction to Zen Meditation workshops, we cover the basics of zazen: posture, breath practice, and kinhin (walking meditation). In Zen 101, we discuss the more outward forms of Zen practice such as:  Prostrations: How do we do them and why?  Traditional Zen chanting.  Getting acquainted with some Zen terminology (e.g., Bodhisattva, Jukai, Rakusu,…

Photo of a woman with a saw

July 5-7 (In-person)

Chapin Mill Work Retreat

For many years, we’ve held an annual work retreat in honor of Ralph Chapin, who donated his country estate to the Center back in 1996. The goal of the retreat is to work together on upkeep of the buildings and grounds – and at the same time intensify our meditation practice and enjoy the beauty…

Saturday August 17 (In-person)

Annual Sangha Picnic

Warm weather is here, and the potluck picnic at Chapin Mill, our retreat center outside of Batavia, is today! Come and enjoy Sangha, great food, and 125 acres of woods, ponds, foxes, turtles, and much more. It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with members – as well as their families and friends and pets. Everyone…

October 10 - 24 (Hybrid)

Fall Term Intensive

Our next Term Intensive (TI) runs October 10-24, 2024. The Term Intensive offers us a supportive structure in which to extend our practice efforts for a set period of time. Participants pledge to uphold a schedule of increased sitting and, if they wish, other aspects of discipline that relate directly or indirectly to their Zen…